How and when housing benefit is paid

Housing benefit payments are ordinarily paid to you or your landlord every four weeks.

If your housing benefit is paid on a four-weekly basis the payment will go into your bank account on the following dates:

  • Monday 19 February 2024
  • Monday 18 March 2024
  • Monday 15 April 2024
  • Monday 13 May 2024
  • Monday 10 June 2024
  • Monday 8 July 2024
  • Monday 5 August 2024
  • Monday 2 September 2024
  • Monday 30 September 2024
  • Monday 28 October 2024
  • Monday 25 November 2024
  • Monday 23 December 2024
  • Monday 20 January 2025
  • Monday 17 February 2025
  • Monday 17 March 2025

We can pay your Housing Benefit as follows

  • Council tenants: the payment will be paid directly to your rent account.
  • Private and housing association tenants: payments will be paid into your bank account in arrears. This will happen either weekly, every two weeks, or every four weeks. If you are paid every four weeks you will receive 13 payments a year. If the first payment of your Housing Benefit covers a period of eight weeks or more, your Housing Benefit will be paid to your landlord.  If you do not want this payment to go to your landlord, please explain why. You'll need to provide proof that your rent is paid up to date. For some circumstances we can make arrangements to pay your  landlord directly. The payments will be made every four weeks in arrears only.